I logged inworld tonight and landed on a notecard from a creator whose venue and work I admire and frequent. The notecard lists Linden Lab’s Terms of Service around User Content. It seems this might have recently been updated (I don’t know for sure). What I do know is I was pretty blown away by what I read — and I’m not even a creator other than the photos I take or the posts I write. But I found the message so alarming that I searched SL’s website to see if it matched up with what I read in the notecard. Boy does it:
2.3 You grant Linden Lab certain licenses to your User Content.
(Paragraph 4 and 5 of section 2.3:)
Except as prohibited by law, you hereby waive, and you agree to waive, any moral rights (including attribution and integrity) that you may have in any User Content, even if it is altered or changed in a manner not agreeable to you. To the extent not waivable, you irrevocably agree not to exercise such rights (if any) in a manner that interferes with any exercise of the granted rights. You understand that you will not receive any fees, sums, consideration or remuneration for any of the rights granted in this Section.
Except as otherwise described in any Additional Terms (such as a contest’s official rules) which will govern the submission of your User Content, you hereby grant to Linden Lab, and you agree to grant to Linden Lab, the non-exclusive, unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, and cost-free right and license to use, copy, record, distribute, reproduce, disclose, sell, re-sell, sublicense (through multiple levels), modify, display, publicly perform, transmit, publish, broadcast, translate, make derivative works of, and otherwise exploit in any manner whatsoever, all or any portion of your User Content (and derivative works thereof), for any purpose whatsoever in all formats, on or through any media, software, formula, or medium now known or hereafter developed, and with any technology or devices now known or hereafter developed, and to advertise, market, and promote the same. You agree that the license includes the right to copy, analyze and use any of your Content as Linden Lab may deem necessary or desirable for purposes of debugging, testing, or providing support or development services in connection with the Service and future improvements to the Service. The license granted in this Section 2.3 is referred to as the “Service Content License.”
I’m not one for drama, I’ve never been one for Linden bashing but I’ve never heard of the community having to deal with terms the likes of these. “Create to your heart’s content — it’s all OURS and we can do ANYTHING we want with it ANYTIME”…is that the deal? Is that *really* the deal? If it is, do they just want to drive people out and slam the grid doors shut or what…or wtf.